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Stuart Lancaster says the pickle in which the Irish rugby team now finds itself may be traced back to the Red Rose rout of Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Blame England. Former English coach Stuart Lancaster might have caught the mood of the weekend better than many of his Leinster players. The pickle in(...)

Robbie Henshaw has not played since picking up an injury in Ireland’s opening Six Nations match against England and is a doubt for Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Flanker Dan Leavy has returned to full training with Leinster along with Joe Tomane and scrumhalves Luke McGrath and Nick McCarthy while Robbie Hensha(...)

Liam Turner: “All the coaches are really helpful, so I have come on in leaps and bounds in terms of conditioning and rugby knowledge.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Liam Turner rolls his eyes good naturedly and smiles; he knows the question is coming. After all, it’s hard to be inconspicuous having previously worn(...)

 Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster: “The way the game played out I think England deserved it in the end.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Watching England’s victory over Ireland at the Aviva stadium, Stuart Lancaster tempered any emotional investment in the outcome by seeking refuge in t(...)

Manu Tuilagi celebrates Henry Slade’s first try against Ireland. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Well, that didn’t go to plan. Joe Schmidt’s Ireland were brought back down to earth with a bump on Saturday, as they fell to a comprehensive 32-20 de(...)

England’s Elliot Daly scores his side’s first try against Ireland in the Six Nations tournament at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

As a sportsperson versatility is a cherished attribute within the team dynamic but it comes with a caveat. Few derive any satisfaction from being in t(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Porter, Jonathan Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan celebrate victory over the All Blacks in 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“It just wouldn’t happen today,” Willie John McBride says on a rainy morning at home in Ballyclare as he explains the vast differences between the gle(...)

Ross Byrne: will have extra incentive to produce another big display for Leinster having been omitted from the Ireland squad this week. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps v Leinster, Ricoh Arena, Sunday, 3.15pm (Live on BT Sport) It’s the diligence of Leinster’s preparation that allows them to absorb personnel ch(...)

Leinster assistant coach Stuart Lancaster during a training session at UCD. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

“Pretty much everything has been given to Leinster and, indirectly, to Ireland,” Stuart Lancaster says when he considers how the knowledge he gained d(...)

 Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton  sustained a knee injury in the province’s defeat to Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton’s knee tendon issue still hasn’t cleared up fully and means that he won’t be considered for Leinster’s final Champions Cup pool match ag(...)

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